Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Lightweight Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander is just a few days away from the biggest fight of his life, and his first title challenge, against former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan Barrett on the Steve Goodwin Promoted ‘It’s Personal’ double title event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday the 11th September 2010.
The ever amiable Alexander, who rightly earned the title shot following his sensational four knockdown, in three rounds, stoppage victory over the highly touted Michael ‘Simply’ Devine back in April, took some time out to speak about the preparations for his showdown with Barrett, “I’m been getting some great work in the gym. My final sparring sessions with Freddie Turner and Ben Murphy were real wars.
Freddie’s a sharp fighter, each time we sparred he’s done exactly what I thought he’d do, make me work. He’s bigger than me, which is great for me, he’s sharp, super fit and a real talented fighter. Way out of Barrett’s class.
Sparring Ben on the other hand is like being in with a pit bull. He keeps coming forward, walks right through you. He’s real hard work. Probably the hardest fighter I’ve been in with. There’s no stopping him. Barrett in comparison will be a walk in the park.
Holding my own with Freddie and Ben is the best preparation I can possibly get. They both have full arsenals of punches, unlike Barrett, and they make each session a real war. They work me harder in six rounds than Barrett is capable of doing in ten.
I’ll be ready for anything Barrett has to offer. Freddie and Ben have skills Barrett can only dream of. I’m learning how to master a southpaw in the ring. I’ll not just be ready for him I’ll be ready to annihilate him.
It ain’t just Freddie and Ben, I have a great coach in Barry Smith he’s really putting me through the paces. He’s making me even stronger and sharper. He’s already proved how he can make me a heavy puncher. Devine’s the proof of that.
It’s great being at Ultrachem TKO Gym to prepare for this fight. Johnny Eames, Jimmy Tibbs, Brian Lawrence, they’re all great trainers. They gladly put their fighters in for sparring. They watch you when sparring and come over and give seriously good advice.
These guys have trained so many champions in their careers, it’s really great that they have taken the time to help me prepare. It makes you feel confident with what you are working on. I’m really grateful to all these people that take the time to help and advise me on what to do.
They’ve all done their stuff and now I’ve got to do mine. I’m fully focused, faster and stronger than I’ve ever been before. I’m ready for Barrett, I’ll end his career for once and for all.
One things for sure, come Saturday I’m going to be the Champ and Barrett will be the chump.”
Ryan Barrett versus Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, for the vacant International Masters Lightweight title, will headline the Goodwin Promotions ‘It’s Personal’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday the 11th September 2010.
Co-headline sees Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym’s unbeaten Light Middleweight prospect Pat McAleese against the ultra tough Lee Noble. This fight also suits the event’s ‘It’s Personal’ billing as there’s no love lost between McAleese and Noble either.
Expect fireworks as both boxers battle it out for The British Masters Light Middleweight title as earlier this year they battled it out on a Ricky Hatton Promotions show, the result then – a draw! Nuff said.
Rising Light Middleweight star Erick ‘The Eagle Ochieng, who recently defeated Curtis Valentine in the battle of the undefeated, is looking to extend his unblemished record against Latvian Alex ‘Pit Bull’ Spitko.
Exciting Light Middleweight ‘Dynamo’ Daryl Setterfield, who back in March caused a sensation by knocking out the highly rated, and previously unbeaten prospect, Darren Hamilton, faces the highly experienced Matt Scriven.
Another Light Middleweight prospect, Michael Norgrove, also looks to extend his perfect record. Norgrove, whose record ot 2-0, has his hardest test to date when he faces Finchley’s Ian Eldridge.
Ultrachem TKO’s exceptional Featherweight discovery, 19 year old George Jupp, is set for his second career fight against the highly experienced Latvian Pavels Senkovs.
Unbeaten prospect Tony “The Conqueror” Conquest is set to face one of the most experienced Cruserweight’s around, Hastings Rasani, who has fought the best the division has offered over the years, so will need to be right on his game.
Another Ultrachem TKO Gym discovery, Portsmouth’s Light Heavyweight Joel McIntyre, the protégé of WBU Light Heavyweight World Champion Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, will be making his highly anticipated professional debut against Welsh banger Jamie Ambler.
Super Middleweight Eder Kurti will be looking to maintain his six fight winning streak against New Milton’s ‘Dangerous’ Danny Goode.
Bethnal Green’s highly popular Light Welterweight Jamie Arlain is set to explode on the professional scene. Arlain will be facing Bulgarian Danny Dontchev.
Exciting Welterweight prospect Phil Gill aka “The Phil Gill Experience” looks to continue his unbeaten record against Damien Turner.
Tickets for ‘It’s Personal’ at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 11th September 2010 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).
For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tickets.justlisten2this.com or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.